My three pins are sighted in for 20, 30, and 40 yards. I use my bottom (40 yard) pin as my “adjustable” pin, which is the pin that I use to aim when I am sliding, or in my case “dialing”, my sight housing down to longer ranges.
Think of it like this. My sight lives in the “home” position. When my site housing is “home” my pins are 20, 30, 40. As soon as I adjust my sight housing, or “leave home”, my last pin is then used to shoot whatever yardage I am dialing down to. So, if I dial my sight down to 50 yards my last pin will shoot 50 yards. If I dial my sight down to 97 yards, then my last pin will shoot precisely 97 yards.
This sounds like it would be difficult to setup, and especially difficult to sight in, but as you will see in my next article, the process could not be easier.
There is no denying that a fixed, multiple-pin bow sight is simple. Unlike a slider sight, you don’t have to worry about making sure the sight is in the right position or making some sort of adjustment while trying to avoid being detected; just pick the right pin and shoot.
However, sometimes the problem lies in the “simple” task of selecting the right pin. It is all too easy to accidentally aim with the wrong pin, especially when you have a buck in sight and there are seven pins in your field of view.
Moving from 5 and 7 pin sights to a 3 pin sight has been extremely helpful in simplifying my sight picture and aiming process. It is easy for the mind to handle small numbers, such as three; I have never been “confused” about which pin to choose, or rushed and chosen the wrong pin. I no longer have to think about which pin is for which yardage, or start at the top and count the pins down to where I should be aiming.
I like to practice at long ranges, and the slider style sight gives me the ability to do just that. Practicing at 100 yards or more is an eye-opening experience, but I surely wouldn’t want to try to do it by cramming more pins in my sight housing. The chance of me taking a shot past 50 yards in the areas that I currently hunt is virtually non-existent, so…
Why should I hunt with sight pins that I will never use?
The multi-pin slider gives me the simplicity I need for hunting encounters, as well as the ability to practice at extremely long ranges, all with the same sight picture..
A slider sight excels at giving the bowhunter extreme accuracy by enabling them do dial a pin to precise yardages. This is especially important at longer distances, when the arrow is dropping rapidly. Misjudging distance by a few yards at a short distance may not be a big deal, but as the distance of the shot increases, so does the necessity for precise yardage.
However, many users of a single-pin slider sight don’t dial-in yardage for closer encounters. Making adjustments to a slider sight can be difficult to do in when animals are in range and the situation can potentially change in an instant.
These hunters will often set their sight at an “average” yardage and then aim high or low depending on the shot that presents itself. One guy that I know leaves his single-pin slider set at 30 yards. If he gets a shot opportunity at a deer at 40 yards he holds high. If he gets a shot opportunity at, say, 17 yards he will hold low. I am personally not comfortable with this option, especially since there are no pin gaps to judge the amount to hold over (or under).
My multi-pin, sliding bow sight gives me the combination of fixed-pins (and known gaps) for shorter distances (and over 95% of my hunting encounters), but it also gives me the precise yardage accuracy for longer range shots.
Ease of Use
The concept of a multi-pin slider can be a bit difficult to fully grasp. It sounds a bit confusing, and maybe even a bit complicated to use, but honestly, one of my favorite aspects of this setup is how easy it is to use.
And as you can see in this post, sighting in this type of sight is massively easier that you think!
What do you think?
These are just a few reasons why the three-pin slider style sight is perfect for me.
What type of sight do you use? Why?
Do you have any questions about using this type of sight setup? If so, leave me a comment and I will be sure to do my best to give you an answer.
I have permission to hunt two properties, which though very near to each other, are very different because they straddle an important line. This physical line, represented by a highway, indicates a boundary that puts one property under an Antler Point Restriction (APR), while the other property is not.
This line has not only divided hunting regulations, it has divided hunters.
I used to think that the primary purpose of Antler Point Restrictions was simply to ensure that there is a higher number of mature bucks in the deer population. After all, as the name implies, Antler Point Restrictions are about “antlers”, right?
Individuals may manage their personal property for big bucks, but for state wildlife and conservation agencies the purpose behind implementing Antler Point Restrictions isn’t the size of the bone, but the size and health of the whole deer population.
Here in Missouri the deer population hit record numbers nearly ten years ago. It was determined that this high population exceeded a desirable level and needed to be corrected for the health of the herd, the welfare of farmers and landowners, and for the prevention of additional problems, such as increased deer and vehicle collisions.
Missouri applied Antler Point Restrictions in select counties where the deer population was deemed to be too high. The APRs, combined with a liberal doe harvest policy, proved to dramatically increase the doe harvest and over the last several years the doe harvest has continually exceed the antlered buck harvest for the first time in decades.
The increased doe harvest and protection of younger bucks has been effective at stabilizing, or in some cases, bringing down the deer population, but more importantly it has made great gains in bringing balance to the gender ratio and age structure of the population.
Take a look at the age structure of harvested bucks in five Missouri territories under APR, compared to the harvest data from non-APR areas in the state.
In every territory under APR, the harvest of 1.5 year old bucks is quite a bit under 20%, whereas the harvest of 1.5 year old bucks in non-APR areas is over 40%. Now, even if you, like myself, aren’t necessarily a trophy hunter, you have to agree that a balanced age structure and stabilized deer population is just good conservation.
Still, I can understand why Antler Point Restrictions frustrate, and even anger some hunters. Contrary to the overwhelming themes of the whitetail hunting “industry”, many hunters still hunt for the love of the chase, and the filling of the freezer, and not just the size of a buck’s headgear. I would certainly be upset if I didn’t fill my freezer because I only had opportunities at bucks that are unlawful to harvest because of APR. For this reason, I think that APRs need to be applied at a reasonably micro level, and should be constantly monitored and used only for a specific amount of time – to achieve a specific goal regarding the health of the greater deer population. So far Missouri has managed the scope of the APRs reasonably well, and I hope to see that the measures are temporary and localized, as specified.
There is no denying that Antler Point Restrictions are, like any regulation change, a hot topic in the whitetail world, and if trends continue, it is something that hunters in many parts of the nation will be dealing with in the future.
What’s your take? Do you feel that Antler Point Restrictions are good for hunters, or are they a case of over-regulation?
All data and figures derived from the Missouri Conservation’s 2010-2011 Missouri Deer Population Status Report and Deer Season Summary.
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Fat Cats Pay For Our Game
One of the greatest concerns that I have about the future of hunting is that we are pricing ourselves out of hunting access. But, as this article illustrates, the issue isn’t black and white. In a way, maybe the guy who is willing to spend $40,000 on a tag is good for hunting. The big question that I have is, “Where is the money going?” Luckily some organizations, such as the RMEF, have enough integrity to post their financial records. I hope that other organizations involved in tag auctions follow their lead.
Talking Vegetarianism to a Hunter
What happens when a hunter and vegetarian sit together on a plane and engage in a discussion around their lifestyle of choice? The result is a lesson that we all need to learn. Be inspired…
Build a Stalking Trail
This article from the QDMA covers how to build a trail to aid in stalking deer. However, this type of trail can serve more one purpose. Learn more…
Quote of the Week
“Physical health is pivotal for a bowhunter. The body must be sound and strong, if the flight of the arrow is to be true and effortless.”
A quick internet search for “deer hunting tips” will yield about 3,760,000 results in 0.37 seconds.
Think about that for a second. It is crazy. Right?
“Six ways to…”
“Four things you should…”
“Eight tactics for…”
Countless articles have been written to tell us, hunters, what we should and shouldn’t be doing at any given point of the season. I, for one, am grateful that we have so much information available to us. The fact that we have this material at our finger tips, via resources such as sites like this one, is a huge asset for the modern hunter.
The problem, most often, is not with the information that we are exposed to, but rather, what we do with it.
Here are three things that you should do to make the most of hunting tips, tactics, and trends…
1) Try It
I can’t tell you how many times I have read an article and thought to myself, “I definitely need to try that!”, but I do know that number is infinitely higher than the number of times that I have actually acted on the information I read.
“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
- (Arguably attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Many hunters know loads of facts and information, but far fewer have developed a true hunting knowledge. This knowledge, as defined in Webster’s dictionary as “the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience,” takes years to develop. I am doing my best to develop this knowledge, not because I read facts, but because I do my best to go to the next level and test them.
If you want to turn hunting tips into practical hunting knowledge, then you must be intentional about developing a plan to put these ideas into action. Personally, I keep a notebook of all the tips, tactics, and things that I need to work on or try come hunting season.
2) Adapt It
The interest in, pursuit of, and information about whitetail deer never ceases to amaze me. Millions of men and women hunt this animal every year – from the swamps of Louisiana, to the suburban “backyards bucks” on the east coast, to the fruitful croplands of the Midwest, as well as the bitter cold forests of the north and even the mountainous regions of the West. In addition to the millions of hunters, there are thousands of hunting distinctives that vary from one deer camp to another, which make hunting whitetail mysterious and magical.
The one obvious fact that many of us fail to consistently comprehend when considering hunting tips is that what will work for one hunter may not work for another.
Hunting in southern Georgia is going to be different than my hunting here in Missouri, though there will be some similarities. Even hunting 50 miles north of my house is vastly different than hunting 50 miles to the south. The differences may seem to be slight at times, but the practical implications are often enormous.
As you consume information regarding whitetail hunting, you need to constantly ask yourself this one question…
“How can I best adapt this information to be most effective for when, where, and how I hunt?”
3) Forget It
The information that is meant to help us learn how to hunt deer more effectively can also be what keeps us from missing opportunities. Wild animals do wild things; sometimes we need to go with our gut, and not remain boxed in by the “rules” we have in our heads. Best practices are recommendations for what works best most of the time, but those practices should be challenged every so often.
In my opinion, there are very few absolutes in whitetail hunting. There are things, such as wind direction and scent control, which I think are critical to success all the time, and in every location. But there are many other golden rules of deer hunting which are just begging to be broken, or at least tested. When all else fails, forget the clever tips you have learned and think outside the box.
Dedicated hunters are on a constant quest for more hunting tips, tactics, and trends, but remember – simply knowing these things means very little until we try them, test them, and prove them in our personal hunting experience.
Keep reading, watching, and listening. More importantly…keep trying, fumbling, doing.
Many die-hard bowhunters dream of making a living doing what they love. Some dream of owning their own archery shop or filming their hunts, others may think about putting on their own 3D shoot or maybe even developing their own archery products. My buddy Steve Speck is doing all of the above.
I first met Steve when I ordered my TightSpot quiver from his archery shop. Then, when I was in the market for a new bow sight I contacted Steve with some questions; we got to talking about hunting, gear, the industry, etc. Since then Steve has become a great resource for me to bounce ideas off of, ask questions, and get gear advice.
Check out the following interview with Steve and be sure to see the end of the post to enter the giveaway for a copy of, “The Unfinished Season”, the latest DVD release from Pure Elevation Productions.
You are involved in the business side of the hunting world, but first and foremost you are just a passionate bowhunter. How did you get started bowhunting?
I got a fairly late start in bowhunting compared to other friends of mine. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school; I was at a really good friend’s house and he showed me his bow and asked if I wanted to shoot it. All it took was one shot and my passion for bowhunting started.
I think within a week I had bought my first bow, a Hoyt Magnatec, and I shot that bow every single day for 8 months leading up to elk season. Since then I doubt a week has passed by where I haven’t shot a bow – to say that day was a life changer would be putting it mildly.
What would you say has been the highlight of your personal hunting success so far?
My bull I shot in 2010 was an awesome experience. It was the first year of filming for Pure Elevation Productions, and Lenny and I worked our tails off to earn that guy. (Author note: Steve was too humble to mention that this bull was an absolute stud and it graced the cover of Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal.)
I have to say the highlight of my bowhunting success was the cow elk I killed that first season of bowhunting. My buddy Keith and I had hunted extremely hard all season long and it came down to the very last day. My dad and I went up into a basin that seemed to always have a couple of elk in it, and in the last 30 minutes of light I spotted a cow feeding out into a clear-cut. I ran as fast as I could, got up in front of her, and put an arrow right into her lungs as she passed by. I watched her run 50 yards and expire.
“I just remember thinking how cool it was to be able to go out and actually harvest an animal with basically a stick and string. Being able to share that experience with my dad was icing on the cake.”
What was your first step in taking your passion for bowhunting and turning it into something that you did for a living?
Elite Archery is actually what got me into the business side of archery. I had bought a bow from them when they very first started out in Washington. The one local shop we had at the time did not carry them. I remember being so impressed with them that I thought, “I should start to sell these.”
I called them up and found out what it would take to get a dealership set up and started the ball rolling. The first few years I worked out of my garage in the evenings and weekends and loved every second of it. Next to shooting a bow; working on, tuning and tweaking a bow is definitely my second passion.
S&S Archery is a local shop in Boise, but you also have an online store. Which side of that business do you enjoy more?
This is actually a tough question to answer. If I could make enough money running a pro shop full-time, without running the website, I would do it in a heartbeat. But as most guys know, pro shops come and go all the time. It really tough for local shops to be successful; the reality is that there isn’t as much profit in a bow as most guys think. The business side of me stepped in and I realized that to keep this going I had to develop a website. That started in 2009 and over the last three years it has grown exceptionally well – to the point where I do very little work locally and focus nearly everything on the website.
How do you decide which products to carry and sell through S&S Archery?
I have been extremely picky about the products I sell on my website, sandsarchery.com, for many reasons. The main reason is simple – I take the same approach as I would if it was gear I was actually going to buy and use myself. I have upset my share of sales reps and companies over the years wanting me to sell their products and I just plainly told them there is no way I would sell them. I am not a fan of cheaply made products and prescribe to the buy it once and buy it right philosophy, which I apply to the products I sell on my site.
I have no desire to sell products that won’t last and hold up to the rigors us bowhunters put them through. From a business standpoint it also doesn’t make sense to sell products where I would be dealing with quality and warranty issues all the time instead of focusing on more important things.
There isn’t a product on my site that I haven’t personally tested.
It also really helps when a customer calls up with a question, I usually ask what type of hunting they will be doing and what they think their needs are. Based off my experience with the products I can give them a really good recommendation. Sometimes I recommend a product that I don’t sell, which usually catches them off guard, but I don’t want to sell them a product that won’t work for them.
In addition to your archery shop, you also are involved with Pure Elevation Productions. Tell me a bit about that project.
Pure Elevation Productions started in late 2009, early 2010. I had been filming my hunts for the last few years and wanted to take it to another level. Again, being brutally honest, I was sick of seeing all the TV shows and DVD’s that did not represent how 99% of us REAL bowhunters hunt.
I am not a big trophy animal guy and wanted to see more of the story behind the hunt and not just the 30 seconds before and after a kill shot. My goal in starting Pure Elevation was to take my two favorite passions; bowhunting and backpacking and combine them.
I thought that if I could find a way to capture all the little moments that happen during a hunt, we could bring the viewer into the backcountry with us and let them experience what it’s like to hunt out there. I have been all over the country hunting, and I will take a backcountry in Idaho hunt over anything in the world.
Pure Elevation truly began when I met Lenny Nelson. He was as passionate about backcountry hunting as I was and we agreed to start hunting together and filming it. Our first DVD “Ninety Percent” was released last year and the response we got from it was quite humbling. I think it hit home with a lot of guys who wanted to see an accurate portrayal of real hunting, which includes all the lows and frustrations along with the success.
We learned a lot about filming that first year and we are really excited to get our next DVD out there. (Check out the trailer and giveaway at the end of the interview.)
You have also taken some bold new steps in 2012. What is new this year?
Yeah, 2012 is going to be a pretty busy year for me – running S&S Archery, which in itself is a full-time job for 3 people that I do myself, releasing our second Pure Elevation Productions DVD, putting on the Bogus Challenge 3D shoot, and releasing my broadhead design to the market.
I also race competitively in cross country mountain bike races and have qualified and plan to race in nationals this year, which is July 5th. To top it all off, I am getting married July 20th. It’s going to be quite a year!
Tell me a bit about the Bogus Challenge.
I am not sure I am the most creative person, but I am really good at looking at something instantly seeing how to improve upon it. 3D shoots, at least here locally in Idaho, are pretty vanilla; if you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all.
I saw a lot of potential to create an event that brings bowhunters together and not just a shoot where people show up and leave right after. There are going to be people who come to this shoot and do not have a good time because the hiking and shooting is going to be challenging, but that’s the point.
It always seems that when we leave our comfort zones and try something different is when something becomes special and memorable.
I want to challenge people to get out there, get in shape, and shoot their bows. I think everyone could agree that being in better shape and shooting your bow more will only help when hunting season rolls around. The shoot is coming up this weekend, June 23/24, and I am really excited to see it all come together.
To be honest, it has been a lot more work than I had originally thought. We have some really cool events going on like the Train to Hunt course which will be essentially a biathalon with a bow in hand. Additionally, Corey Jacobsen from Elk101.com will be doing an elk calling seminar on Saturday night.
The broadhead market is very crowded, and honestly, I thought you were a little crazy to build your own. That said, once I saw the design and construction, I knew you were bringing something fresh to the market. Tell me about your broadhead design.
You are not the first person to tell me that, in fact just about everyone thought I was crazy and maybe I am.
In my opinion, the broadhead market is on this fad to produce more and more gimmicky broadheads. You can simply look at many of these designs and know it’s going to fly poorly or not hold up to any abuse. It simply amazes me some of the mechanical heads that are coming out, and even some of the fixed blade heads – I wonder if there was any thought put into the design to actually kill an animal or was it simply designed to look cool and therefore get people to buy it off the shelf. Don’t get me wrong though, there are some good heads on the market, but I had a few ideas that I knew would work and decided to go for it.
My first goal is that I want to change the perception that broadheads should be designed to be disposable. To keep costs low, many of these broadheads are made out of inferior materials like aluminum and brittle, thin razor blades.
My broadhead is 100% steel and I am using some of the finest knife grade steel (S30V) that you can buy. This head is designed and will last you for years on end; it is definitely not a one and done head.
At first glance it may just look like any other broadhead, but there is a lot of thought and engineering that went into every single part of it.
For example, I have four different “checks” built into the head regarding how the blades seat together, and how it slides into the ferrule, which all but guarantees it will spin true every single time. A wobbly broadhead won’t fly accurate and it can’t get much more important than a broadhead that hits where you are aiming.
When I sat down to design the head I wrote out six main principles that I thought every head should be designed after: It had to have outstanding flight, it had to be extremely strong and durable, it had to be razor blade sharp, it had to be quiet in flight, it had to penetrate when hitting bone, and it needed to be made out of superior materials compared to what is currently used on the market.
I am extremely happy with the final design of the broadhead and I know once these get out there and people get them in hand they will see and feel the quality that is in them and understand the price.
I will be giving away a copy of “The Unfinished Season” DVD on Friday, June 29th. You have three ways to enter until then…
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